As a child I loved dinosaurs more than my family, which makes me sound like an incipient serial killer, so let’s just forget that terrible metaphor.  Regardless of my childhood sociopathy, dinosaurs were the coolest, especially the ceratopsians, with their frills and horns and general dragoniness.  Of course, they’re just scratching the surface of the thunder lizards, especially when you take into account all the creatures that aren’t actually dinosaurs at all but are still notorious prehistoric creatures that might be your dinosaur of choice, leading to today’s Jurassic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will not be using the Rodrigo Rules and requiring you to make sure your dinosaur is actually a dinosaur, thanks to the sabre-toothed tiger and mastodon precedent, asking: You’ve been chosen to be a dinosaur Ranger!  Which prehistoric beastie will be YOUR dinosaur?


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  1. Gigantspinosaurus, which would probably be an Extra Hero rather than a core or sixth Ranger (similar to characters like Signalman/Blue Senturion or VRV Master/Phantom Ranger) with a spiked armored costume rather than a spandex dealie. The large side spikes would have a dual role of being both fancy shoulder pads and being able to be utilized as dual-wielded short sabers. The mecha would be an auxiliary mecha with the capability of being either a replacement arm or form protective armoring for the combined mecha, as well as the ability to become a morning star and spiked shield weapon combo.

    In case it wasn’t obvious, I’ve thought about this sort of thing before.

  2. Malone_hasco on

    Stegosaurus. Remember Zoids, those robot dinosaur toys? Well, I got Gordos (basically a stegosaurus) for present as a kid and I loved it.

    • I never had any of them myself, but my friend’s kids had a bunch of them and I remember watching the cartoon with them. Was always a little surprised that it wasn’t super popular where I live (it wasn’t unsuccessful, just not as hyped and the toys were on clearance shelves for a very long time).

  3. Ankylosaurus

    Something about these armored herbivores has held a special place in my heart since I was a small child.

    Since I have to also be a Power Ranger. My costume would probably be black with all of the accents being blue and then any component that could effectively be armored would be chrome.

    As far as the mecha, when in full animal form the armored studs would be the chrome bits, “shell” would be black and the fleshy bits would be the blue.

    Like sir Brenning’s prior statement I’d probably be a supporting character and my mecha when combined would make a shield and a war hammer via the tail.

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